Weather in Taiwan is at the mercy of the tropical monsoon climate that also affects the southern portion of China's mainland.
Expats moving to the island can leave leggings and the winter warmers behind as summers are hot and humid, while winters are relatively mild.
The northern part of the country can potentially experience slightly cooler temperatures off-season, but lows rarely dip below 54°F (12°C), with the average annual temperature sitting at a comfortable 72°F (22°C).
Rainfall is by far the defining characteristic of weather in Taiwan. Typhoon season settles in from late summer to the middle of autumn (June to October) and between three and four of these monstrous storms tend to wreak havoc on the tiny island each year. Devastating winds and heavy rainfall often cause damage and flooding. Taiwan also experiences the occasional earthquake, but these tend to come in the form of mere tremors rather than earth-shattering separation.
►For key facts about the country, read Moving to Taiwan
►For information on what to expect about local culture, read Culture Shock in Taiwan
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